A university in London is working to tackle climate change by taking beef off the menu. Goldsmiths, a part of the University of London, will no longer serve , beef burritos and the like on its campus.
Goldsmiths will take beef products off the menu starting in September, it announced Monday. The effort is part of a mission to become by 2025.
on campus isn't the only action the university is taking. It also plans to install more solar panels, switch to a 100% clean energy supplier, and make climate change education more accessible to students.
Perhaps the biggest change the university is making aside from the elimination of beef is a fee of 10 pence (12 cents) on bottled water and. The goal is to "discourage use, with the proceeds directed into a green student initiative fund," the college's new warden, Professor Frances Corner, said.
"The growing global call for organizations to take seriously theiris impossible to ignore," Corner said.
According to a news release, Goldsmiths currently emits around 3.7m Kg of carbon emissions each year. It plans to bewithin the next six years.
"Declaring a climate emergency cannot be empty words," Corner said. "I truly believe we face a defining moment in global history and Goldsmiths now stands shoulder to shoulder with other organizations willing to call the alarm and take urgent action to cut carbon use."
A recent United Nations scientific report finds human-caused . The No. 1 way consumers can contribute to solving this problem? Switching to a plant-based diet.
The UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says agriculture, forestry and other land uses produce nearly half of the world's methane emissions, a greenhouse gas that also comes from cows. Eating more plant-based foods and sustainably-produced meats can change land use and mitigate climate change.
"The cycle is accelerating," said NASA climate scientist Cynthia Rosenzweig, a report co-author. "The threat of climate changeon their dinner table is increasing."